Kerr & Wagstaffe

A Different Kind of Law Firm

Kerr & Wagstaffe is a different kind of law firm—one that emphasizes creativity, problem solving and trial skills instead of a focus on a narrow practice area.

We take a wide variety of cases, representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-value, high-risk litigation. Our broad experience and mastery of trial and pretrial skills enable us to analyze and present cases in the manner most effective for each case, instead of simply following the routine and often unproductive path of least resistance. We emphasize efficiency, initiative and distilling complicated issues into clear narratives that persuade judges and juries. As a result, we are a go-to law firm for the toughest cases, and are often retained by clients with make-or-break matters, or clients looking for new counsel to refocus their cases.

Based in San Francisco, we handle litigation throughout California and the nation. Contact Kerr & Wagstaffe for more information.

Our Approach to Litigation

Kerr & Wagstaffe attorneys maximize success by preparing for trial from day one. Though the vast majority of our cases resolve before trial, our experience shows that clients get the best results when we focus from the start on what it takes to w… Read More

Appellate Law

Kerr & Wagstaffe is widely recognized for its sophisticated and cutting edge appellate practice in both state and federal courts across the country. We have represented a broad array of clients in both state and federal appeals, with great succes… Read More

Class Actions

Our litigators have substantial experience prosecuting and defending class actions across the country in both state and federal court. Our success representing both sides in these actions grants us the ability to predict and avoid pitfalls that are n… Read More

Complex Commercial Litigation

The firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of complex business and commercial disputes, including: antitrust, unfair competition, contract disputes, investors’ rights, fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, trade secrets, employee… Read More

Employment Law

We represent employees in individual and class action cases concerning wages, expense reimbursement, meal and rest breaks, whistleblower protections, retaliation, and discrimination. We also frequently litigate right-to-work cases, representing both… Read More

Environmental Litigation

The firm represents individuals, businesses, environmental groups and government agencies in suits arising under the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as disputes arising under conserva… Read More

First Amendment / Defamation

First Amendment issues arise in innumerable contexts and we are prepared to address them in equally as many arenas. Kerr & Wagstaffe has substantial experience litigating and consulting with individuals and organizations to protect these important ri… Read More

Government Law

Kerr & Wagstaffe has a well-established government law practice. We have represented the State Bar of California, the County of San Mateo, the City of San Rafael, and other local governments and agencies in cases involving constitutional law, gov… Read More

Insurance Policyholder Rights

We provide legal counsel to individuals and business owners who are being treated unfairly by their insurance company. Regardless of the type of dispute, our goal is to provide our clients with all of the benefits that their insurance companies promi… Read More

Intellectual Property

Kerr & Wagstaffe has taken on some of the most difficult intellectual property cases of the past decade—and won. Over the course of the firm’s twelve-year history we have helped our clients recover more than $450 million in patent, trademark, tra… Read More

Trust Litigation

Our attorneys are effective in resolving even the most complex, contentious and protracted probate and trust litigation. Our practice has addressed a wide range of claims and practical nuances often encountered in these types of cases. In addition to… Read More